Category: Community Connections

USDOT awards Gainesville grant to redesign University Avenue

University Avenue will undergo a complete redesign thanks to an $8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

New faculty invited to explore online resources and in-person events

Last year, UF’s New Faculty Orientation went virtual for the first time, and faculty new to the university this fall will continue to be able to access the resources available online. In partnership with the Office of the Provost and the Center for Teaching Excellence, UFHR developed a New Faculty Orientation Canvas site where new […]

Views from a pandemic

In the Summer 2021 issue of the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions News magazine, some of the college’s faculty, staff and students shared the struggles, surprises and silver linings in an unforgettable year. While there are many universalities in the COVID-19 experience, the article notes, it has affected everyone differently. “I’ve worked […]

Looking back at UF’s shared experiences

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Last week, in a message of Gratitude and Admiration to our campus community, President Fuchs reflected on the year of learning and life-changing experiences we have gone through together. Many of these major milestones were captured in a timeline published earlier this month by UF Health. We’re pleased to supplement this with our Year in […]

Bring the block party to your community with the Driveway Theatre Project

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UF Performing Arts’ Driveway Theatre Project (DTP) is bringing a new kind of block party to neighborhoods throughout the Gainesville area. You provide the space and invite the people, UFPA provides the magic of performance. The Driveway Theatre Project meets people where they are both geographically and socially, providing performances and removing many of the […]

Join Gator Advocates to support UF’s legislative advocacy efforts

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The Gator Advocates organization aims to advance UF’s educational and land grant mission through advocacy, education and communication. Members include alumni, faculty, students, staff and friends. As part of their work, members educate elected and appointed officials, state and community leaders, and other Floridians on UF’s economic, cultural and societal impact. Faculty and staff interested […]

Virtual team-building courses available through UF RecSports


UF organizations and departments can register for virtual team-building activities through the Department of Recreational Sports. Courses can be tailored in length and to focus on outcomes such as creative problem-solving, communication skills, team dynamics and more. For more information and to get a quote, complete the Challenge Course request form.

Finding connection through affinity and networking groups

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If you are seeking community, there are a number of ways to connect with others on campus and in the community, and many organizations have found ways to meet and network, even in the midst of distancing due to COVID-19.

Harvard scholar Anthony Jack to discuss first-generation student challenges

According to Harvard sociologist Dr. Anthony Jack, higher education institutions do a great job recruiting first-generation students, but most fail to provide the institutional resources to ensure their success. Many first-generation students are not aware of the significance of office hours and participating in extracurricular events, for example. This Thursday, Oct. 29, UF’s First-Generation Student […]

A message from Alachua County Superintendent Karen Clarke

University of Florida Faculty and Staff, If your home is feeling more crowded and your family is feeling more stressed these days, you’re not alone! At the Clarke household we have one college student, one middle school student and a UF employee working remotely under the same roof. It’s not easy, but we know that […]

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